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Review – Cold Blood Samurai #5 (Action Lab)

Cold Blood Samurai #5
Overall
7.9/10
7.9/10
  • Writing - 7.7/10
    7.7/10
  • Art - 8/10
    8/10
  • Overall - 7.9/10
    7.9/10
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Summary

Writer: Massimo Rosi

Artist: Ludovica Ceregatti

Colorist: Renato Stevanato

Letterer: Mattia Gentili

Maturity Rating: Teen

Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment

Release Date: July 10, 2019

The Gaijin Samurai and General Black Spot have already come to blows, now the war is ready to begin.

 

 

“The 4th Chamber” Cold Blood Samurai #5

After the meeting between General Black-Spot and Swollen Cheeks (read the review of issue #4 here) that left Black-Spot with one less limb when he tried to kill Shogun Swollen Cheeks thanks to the quick swordsmanship by the Gaijin Salamander. The “real” war is ready to begin in Cold Blood Samurai #5. As the last of the frog samurais hold up behind their fortress wall, General Black-Spot aligns his forces for an all-out attack. He is out for blood and he wants the Gaijin Salamander to suffer. 

Writing

COLD BLOOD SAMURAI #5 Cover by Ludovica Ceregatti
COLD BLOOD SAMURAI #5 Cover by Ludovica Ceregatti

Massimo Rosi weaves an elegant yet violent tale in Cold Blood Samurai #5. Rosi continues to develop the ancient tale of East meets West and the violent culture clash between the two. Inside this political and ideological drama, he has told an interesting human tale with the Gaijin Salamander Samurai character. He has slowly developed his character and we don’t know exactly what drove this westerner to his Samurai ways, but we have learned how he was trained and what drove him to his new circumstances.

That all being said, Cold Blood Samurai #5 is not my favorite issue of the series. It just felt like it was treading a little water until the next issue. We get a big battle between the Samurai and the lizard battalion and the ending seems to set up a very interesting next issue, but this issue felt a little stale at times.

I really do love the ending to this issue. I won’t spoil anything, but it does have me very excited for what is to come in the next issue. It sets up a new interesting little story points and we may learn more about the Gaijin Samurai as well.

Art

The art has always been solid since the beginning and that continues in Cold Blood Samurai #5. The art team continues to deliver wonderfully depicted characters, again the more realistic anthropomorphic animals with period style clothing look splendid! Structurally at times, I do wish the panel layouts were a little more dynamic and exciting. Maybe offer a little “spicer” visual representation of the action. But at the same time, the more  “simple” layouts of squared angled panel structure works well for the story being told.

There are some fantastic lighting and color visualization going on in this issue. The visual representation of the canons and gunfire blazing in the mid-morning light and wonderful flames lighting the ending scene looks fantastic. 

Conclusion

Cold Blood Samurai #5 is another good entry into this series. While not my favorite issue so far, it does a lot to set up an exciting issue #6. The creative team has done a delightful job of re-telling an ancient tale in a new and exciting way. While keeping the integrity of the story intact they have also developed some new and unique characters as well. 


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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